Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 6, 525–540, 2015
Earth Syst. Dynam., 6, 525–540, 2015

Research article 31 Aug 2015

Research article | 31 Aug 2015

Metrics for linking emissions of gases and aerosols to global precipitation changes

K. P. Shine et al.

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